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€4.65m in housing projects for Ballinrobe

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SIGNING  Pictured at the signing of the contract for the commencement of the new St Vincent de Paul Social Housing Scheme, in Ballinrobe, from left: Michael Prendergast (St Vincent de Paul Housing Officer), Darren McHugh (P McHugh & Sons Ltd), Tony Walkin and Auveen Curran (St Vincent de Paul ,Ballinrobe) and Billy Heverin (DMC Engineering). Pic: Trish Forde

Ciara Galvin

TWO housing projects are set to start in Ballinrobe this year at a total cost of €4,650,000.
The first project, which is due to start this week will see the construction of six one-bed houses in Knockfereen estate on the Kilmaine Rd. The project has been approved under the Capital Works Management Framework. It was procured by Mayo County Council for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and will cost a total of €900,000. The houses will be added to the existing 12.
P McHugh and Sons Limited were awarded the contract which was signed in recent weeks.
Welcoming the news, Tony Walkin of the Ballinrobe SVP branch, said the homes will give a chance for people to live ‘independently’ but in a community.
Mr Walkin described the existing estate as a ‘tremendous success’ and said the branch would need approximately €40,000 in order to fit out the houses.
Welcoming the project, Cllr Patsy O’Brien said the additional houses will cater well for people and are ‘ideally located near the town’.
Meanwhile, a tendering process is set to commence in the coming weeks for the construction of 19 houses in the Slí na Roba estate on the Claremorris Road in the town. The project is set to cost €3.75m and will come under the Social Housing Scheme by Mayo County Council.
The new houses will be made up of 12 two-bed houses, six three bed houses and one four bed home.
Cllr O’Brien said the project was a positive one for Ballinrobe, a town which currently has approximately 90 people on its social housing waiting list.
A completion time of 18 months is hoped for the project and Cllr O’Brien said perhaps by then a Social and Affordable Housing Scheme will exist, allowing people to purchase homes.

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